The Federal Chancellor and the Minister Presidents of the states have decided to impose a strict lockdown from Wednesday 16 December 2020, reducing public activities to a minimum. The university’s arrangements already communicated via email have been revised and updated to reflect these highly dynamic developments and new basis for decisions.
The pressing issue of “coronavirus” has raised many questions regarding the university’s entire operations, which we have discussed with the heads of all the faculties and departments. Furthermore, the Bavarian State Ministry has issued formal instructions for dealing with this situation. We would like to inform you of the regulations that now apply. <br/> <br/> Until further notice, the following arrangements currently apply to teaching and services at Kempten University of Applied Sciences:
Winter Semester 2020/21
The current plan for this year’s Winter Semester is for our unrestricted-entry degree programmes to commence on 1 October 2020 (apart from: Computer Science – Game Engineering, starting on 12 October) and our restricted-entry degree programmes to start on 2 November 2020. Further information will follow.
Summer Semester 2020
The State Ministry for Science and the Arts decreed that the lecturing period for Summer Semester 2020 should start on 20 April 2020 . From that date, classes would continue to be conducted exclusively online in the first instance.
You can find details of these provisions on the faculties’ and facilities’ own web pages:
The online formats already provided prior to 20 April will remain in place after that date.
Lectures (also practical lab exercises, inspecting assessments): Lectures are being presented digitally, and only absolutely essential classes are being conducted face-to-face. Decisions on which classes need to be taught face-to-face are taken by the faculty responsible in each case. Face-to-face classes cannot be recommenced, at the earliest, until the 7-day infection rate in the town of Kempten and the District of Upper Allgäu falls below 35.
End date for the semester: This has not yet been specified. We will inform you as soon as the Ministry announces its decision.
Examinations registration period: This remains unaltered for the time being. Any changes will be announced in good time. Please keep an eye on our main schedule for the latest developments.
Examinations: Examinations that are being conducted on site at Kempten University of Applied Sciences are subject to the announced hygiene regulations. Please note that you are not permitted to access university premises if you have symptoms of corona. Protect yourself and others by acting considerately. Please also note that during the examination period it is obligatory to wear a face mask in the corridors of buildings were exams are taking place.
Final theses: The deadline for registering a final thesis after completing the final module examination required for your course of study will also be suspended for the coming winter semester.
If you are unable to identify a topic for your final thesis this winter semester, the following back-up solutions are possible:
You can hand in your final thesis in person, addressed to “Abteilung Studium der Hochschule Kempten” (Kempten University of Applied Sciences – Academic Registry), via the mailbox in Building V during the opening hours of our mail room. Alternatively, you can send your final thesis by post to: Hochschule Kempten, Abteilung Studium, Postfach 1680, 87406 Kempten, Germany. If the corona crisis causes a delay that students cannot be held responsible for, which causes them to miss the deadline, they can apply for an extension in accordance with § 14 no. 7 sentence 4 APO by explaining the specific reasons to the relevant examinations board in an email sent via Academic Registry.
Practical semester: The deadline for submitting contracts for the practical semester is being extended from 15/21 July to 2 October 2020. If you are still left without an internship, the following back-up solutions are possible:
Students undertaking a practical semester are required to attend the partner organisation hosting their internship as agreed in their contract, as long as the company is open. If your host company switches to operating remotely (“home office”), you can also complete your internship this way. Should your host company halt operations due to the current corona emergency, either temporarily or permanently, your internship will nonetheless count as completed, providing you have missed no more than 50% of the period originally planned. The same applies if your host company formally shortens your working hours (“Kurzarbeit”) or temporarily releases you (without terminating the contract) from your duties. In any such case, written confirmation is required from the company that the internship had to be discontinued due to corona.
If your internship was cut short, please send an email to Academic Registry (studienamt(at)hs-kempten.de) requesting it to be credited. Your placement officer will then check how the period completed can be credited and inform you how many weeks will be required in a further internship. Please check with your host company whether the work you have undertaken for them can be credited as an internship under the stated conditions.
These regulations apply only to contracts signed before 15 March 2020. We thoroughly recommend that you recoup any time lost at a later point in your own interest. Students currently spending a practical semester abroad should contact the International Office if they encounter any problems. If you have any further questions about your internship, please get in touch with your placement officer.
Planning game and trainers’ certificate in the Faculty of Tourism Management: Sign up from 20 April in the Faculty Office. Contact: Faculty Office for Tourism Management
International Office: Incoming students will be given guidance by email or telephone (face-to-face guidance only in absolutely justified exceptional cases and subject to special arrangement). We remain in continuous contact with outgoing students.
Academic Registry: Wherever possible, communications should be conducted by telephone, email or post. Visits in person to the department are only foreseen in urgent exceptional cases by special arrangement for a face-to-face discussion.
Student Advisory Service: Information and advice are currently being provided by email, telephone and online. Please follow this link to access the Student Advisory Service’s web pages.
Library: In response to the stipulation in §22 of the 11th Bavarian Regulation on Infection Prevention Measures that libraries and archives must remain closed until 10 January 2021, we are closing the university library from 16 December 2020. Please consult the library’s web pages for details of its online provisions and the new loan periods.
Canteen: Opened again on Monday 5 October. No service to the public – access only for the university’s own students and staff upon presenting their CampusCard. For further information and up-to-date access arrangements, please consult the canteen’s main page.
Visits in person: Wherever possible, communications should be conducted by telephone, email or post. Visits in person to the department are only foreseen in urgent cases for a face-to-face discussion.
Professors’ consultation hours: Face-to-face meetings can continue. However, we recommend conducting discussions by telephone instead.
Meetings with supervisors: Face-to-face meetings can continue.
Assigning seminar papers and final theses: Face-to-face meetings can continue.
Inspecting assessments: This will only be possible once lectures commence. We will inform you of the due process.
Field trips: Field trips have had to be halted entirely and can only recommence once the 7-day infection rate in the town of Kempten and the District of Upper Allgäu falls below 35.
The worsening pandemic situation in Bavaria has led the State Government to order the closure of all its facilities between 18 December 2020 and 10 January 2021.
For Kempten University of Applied Sciences, this means that operations will cease on campus during this period and all facilities such as the library, Academic Registry, advisory and other services, including the International Office, will be closed and not contactable. No face-to-face classes, such as practical exercises, will take place.
However, online teaching will go ahead as planned, unless your teacher notifies you that a particular class has been postponed. It is most likely that operations on campus will resume in their current form from 11 January. If anything changes in the meantime, we will post an update on the university’s homepage and/or email everyone with the details.
We hugely regret the necessity for these restrictions, but hope that we can help improve the situation somewhat this way.
Despite these extraordinary circumstances, we wish you a peaceful run-up to Christmas, an enjoyable festive season and a healthy and successful start to the new year.
Professor Wolfgang Hauke
Professor Dirk Jacob
Vice President Teaching and Professional Development